Opener for urine bag drain valve

A custom-designed opener together with adapted attachment strap (see associated tip) make it possible for a user with impaired hand function to independently drain the urine bag

User with custom-designed opener for urine bag drain valve
User with custom-designed opener for urine bag drain valve

Description
The custom-designed opener consists of a ring of orthotic material that fits around the user’s thumb. A slightly bent piece of metal in the same shape as the drain valve of the urine bag sits in the ring. The ring also has a wing made of orthotic material.
To put on the ring the user holds the ring with his teeth and inserts his thumb into the ring.
To drain the urine bag the user pulls his trouser leg up over his knee, places the bag on the edge of the toilet and opens the drain valve using the custom-designed opener.

Made by
Carin Bergfeldt, occupational therapist

Paid for by
County Council

Whose idea
User together with occupational therapist Carin Bergfeldt

Editors comments
See also www.spinalistips.se/tips-tommning-av-urinblasan-med-en-hallare-for-urinslangen-791.html

This tip is from 2007

Custom-designed opener (close-up)
Custom-designed opener (close-up)
Urine bag with drain valve (half open)
Urine bag with drain valve (half open)

Related tips

Adapted holder for urine bag
Adapted holder for urine bag
Independent emptying of urine bag with adapted attachment strap.

Tipsare: Anonym 5

The person lives in an apartment by himself. He is studying. He was injured in 2003 and has a tetraplegia (C6 complete). He does not have any assistance, but some help of his family.